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Aug. 5, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Drought Assessments

Farm Service Agency workers will start moving through all of Missouri's 114 counties trying to assess how the extreme heat and drought conditions have effected crops in northern Missouri and across the show me state.

The move comes at the request of governor Jay Nixon. The damage assessments are the first step in declaring counties to be in a primary disaster area which would make them eligible for federal disaster assistance. The state expects crop yields to be down and to find distressed livestock as the assessments move forward in the next several weeks.